Ranj Alaaldin

Ranj Alaaldin

Ranj Alaaldin is a Visiting Fellow at Brookings Institution Doha. He specialises in Iraq and the modern history of the Middle East and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Kurds

Regional implications of the Kurdish independence vote

Iraqi Kurdistan's neighbours will not allow the upcoming referendum to trigger wholesale changes in the regional order.

Regional implications of the Kurdish independence vote

Middle East

Legalising PMF in Iraq: Why it's not all bad news

Integrating Shia militias into the Iraqi state is a good way to limit their powers and control them.

Legalising PMF in Iraq: Why it's not all bad news

Kurds

Why the Turkey-KRG alliance works, for now

Trade, Iranian influence and regional instability are drawing Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan closer than ever before.

Why the Turkey-KRG alliance works, for now

War & Conflict

Turkey has no choice but to accept a Syrian Kurdistan

Turkey will soon have to contend with a Western-backed nation-building exercise in Syrian Kurdistan.

Turkey has no choice but to accept a Syrian Kurdistan

Politics

Backing the Kurds will stabilise Iraq

Empowering the Kurdish forces is an important move in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Backing the Kurds will stabilise Iraq